What Is TMJ? We all have a TMJ located on either side our head. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. When this joint becomes inflamed due to overuse, misalignment, or other factors, it can cause a myriad of problems.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

While we do not know that exact cause of TMJ disorder, or TMD, some contributing factors include:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Teeth grinding/jaw clenching (Bruxism)
  • Arthritis

Treating Your TMJ in Gainesville, FL

The most common cause of TMJ pain is bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Bruxism refers to any forceful contact between your upper and lower teeth, whether it is aggressive grinding or slow and steady clenching. Both of these actions can cause severe wear on your teeth and pain in your jaw. Sometimes, TMJ pain will go away with anti-inflammatory medications, rest, and/or applying a warm or cold compress. If the pain does not subside, you will need to receive treatment. Treatment may include a nightguard to protect your teeth and jaw from nighttime bruxism, or we can even treat your TMJ discomfort with BOTOX®. Since BOTOX® is a muscle relaxer, tension is released from the face and jaw when the solution is placed, alleviating your pain.

Signs of TMJ

  • Pain in the jaw, face, neck and shoulders, or ear when you yawn, speak, or chew
  • Difficulty opening your mouth widely
  • Earaches
  • Dizziness
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches
  • Jaw gets “stuck” while open or closed
  • Popping, clicking, or grating sounds when opening and closing your mouth, or when chewing
  • Swelling on the side of your face

Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.

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Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.

To learn more about treating your TMJ in Gainesville, FL and to schedule your appointment, call our office today.